Nebraska Senators Seek Solutions for Prison Troubles

A group of government officials have recently developed a list of solutions for the growing number of prisoners in Nebraska.

Bourbon County Chooses Jail Architect

Bourbon County Commissioners voted in January to sign a contract with St. Joseph, Mo.-based Goldberg Group Architects (GGA) PC to provide architectural services for a new jail project in Fort Scott.

Nebraska Prisons Report Calls for Multiple Reforms

Nebraska’s seven-member Department of Correctional Services Special Investigation Committee released a 62-page report on Dec. 15 calling for sweeping reforms and the firing of several correctional officials.

Gaines County Jail Under Construction

By Jessie Fetterling
The first phase of construction, which included the foundation and walls, of the new jail in Seminole is underway. Construction broke ground in August and is expected to be complete in July 2015.

Montana Feels Correctional Housing Crunch

Montana is the latest state to grapple with a growing correctional population, putting a strain on both state prisons and local county facilities.

Construction Starts on New Iowa Jail

Construction began earlier this month on Taylor County’s new jail facility in Bedford’s Industrial Park, about one year after the passing of a bond issue.

Precast Complete on New Reno County Facility

On August 25, Oldcastle Modular set the last precast concrete cell module for the new $29 million Reno County Correctional Facility expansion, completing the precast portion of the facility and marking a significant milestone for the project.

Utah Corrections Report Predicts $542 Million Savings

The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) released the Justice Reinvestment Report on Nov. 12. The report features a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations for the upcoming legislative session in order to help reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and save taxpayers an estimated $542 million by averting most of Utah’s projected prison growth over the next 20 years.

Miami County Chooses Lloyd Builders for New Jail Project

The Board of Miami County Commissioners, based in Paola, chose Lloyd Builders of Ottawa, Kan., in mid-October to serve as the construction manager at-risk for the county’s new jail project.

Iowa Prison Population Predicted to Grow by 39 Percent

By Jessie Fetterling
The Iowa State Department of Corrections may have a busy decade ahead of them. A new report produced by the state Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) stated that its prison population could increase by 39 percent over the next 10 years from 8,119 inmates to an estimated 11,317 inmates. That increase would exceed the current capacities at several existing state prisons.